Cotati Police Corporal Brian Deaton and his K9 partner Remo were on patrol west of Hwy. 101 in Cotati and while driving through a gas station lot Deaton noticed an individual, Tyler James Easley, 22 years old, who demonstrated odd behavior when he noticed the police vehicle. Easley, a Petaluma resident, ran behind the gas station and re-appeared by his parked Harley Davidson motorcycle at the gas pumps.
Easley who is on felony probation for possession of weapons and vehicle theft was detained. A search was conducted behind the gas station where Easley previously ran. Found lying in an open field was a loaded .32 Caliber Revolver. Video from the gas station’s security camera confirmed that Easley did run to the rear of the gas station near the area where the firearm was recovered. Easley is a convicted felon and therefore is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
The investigation is ongoing, the firearm was recovered and will be processed for DNA evidence and potential fingerprinted will also be examined.
Easley was arrested and booked into the Sonoma County jail on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm in public and violation of felony probation.